Lions Clubs International and our Arkansas District 7-O are involved in many humanitarian projects, from services for children to health programs and disaster relief. To this, 100% of our local FFB Lions dues and initiation fees collected is paid to Lions International and Arkansas District 7-O to support these international and district projects. Above and beyond the FFB Lions clubs commitment to these efforts, our 53 FFB Lions contributed almost $8,000 to projects here in the cities of Fairfield Bay, Shirley, and Clinton, as well as Van Buren and Cleburne counties during the period of July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. These donations included almost $2,400 to youth programs most of which was raised by our Lion members who pick up and recycle donated aluminum cans. Youth programs supported by this effort include Boy and Cub Scouts, Shirley school baseball, band and golf teams and the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch. FFB Lions members who volunteer their time to work BINGO and pancake breakfasts helped raise over $4,200 to provide eye exams and glasses to those in need. Other FFB Lion volunteers HELP in the vision program by collecting and recycling both prescription and non prescription glasses. An additional $1,300 was donated to community programs such as Alzheimer’s Arkansas, the Arkansas summer camp for the blind and even our Chamber of Commerce. Every donation we make is earned by our members, who volunteer their time for these fund raising projects. To them we say THANKS.
Time changes: BINGO is now held each Monday evening with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and the first game beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday All-You-Can eat breakfasts are now from 8 – 10 a.m. with either all you can eat pancakes or all you can eat gravy and biscuits, each served with sausage and your choice of coffee or milk for only $5 for adults, $3 for youth 6 – 12 and children 5 and under are free with paying adult. The Fairfield Bay Lions club meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month and our next meeting will be August 22. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. followed by our meeting and speaker at 6 p.m. Jackie Sikes, with the Dirty Farmer Community Market in Clinton, will be our guest speaker for our next meeting. All meetings are open to the public and visiting Lions are always welcome.